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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Downtown Reviews

9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

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90%

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1655 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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100%

It was one of our favourite hostels if not the best!! Especially ladies night when even the staff (Alex and Justin) dress up as ladies for the night!! We booked the original castaways through this hostel and recommend this to everyone you will not be disappointed!! The food was amazing and as one of us are allergic to eggs they even swapped it over which was amazing as many hostels just say no!! The pool table and computer floor is good and serves free beer every Sunday!! The room is cleaned!!


63%

Party hostel. Many hipsters and cads. Staff very unfriendly and rude. Only try to sell ridiculously expensive trips. I think it's common for the whole Backpackers company. 12 bed dorms are ok, but of course noisy. Absolutely no privacy in the shared bathroom at the corridor. (no ensuite) But at least they were clean. Many free shots and happy hours. Free walking tour is pretty good. Breakfast is a joke. If you want a proper meal u need to pay extra.

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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Shame you did not enjoy the breaky that is on offer - we do feel though with the cheap price of our beds having an option of toast & eggs, fruit salad or pancakes and honey is pretty good but we do appreciate it might not please everyone. Will bounce it off our chef to see if he can offer another option. Enjoy the rest of your trip Cheers

100%

Great vibes, really good breakfast and staff really helpful when booking trips elsewhere


97%

Awesome hostel!! Great value for money!! Has awesome facilities! The rooms are good with a/c. The Vietnamese staff are really cool!! Great orginised functions and awesome place to meet fellow travellers! Has a good party vibe but the bar closes at 11pm and the party people all move on to bigger and better things, so the party does not go all night long so it's also a good place to sleep! A definite stay of your in Hanoi!!


91%

Great, lively hostel with a vibrant social atmosphere - probably not for those looking to chill. They do a lot of evening activities and games like beer Olympics etc which is good for meeting people. They offer a good free breakfast, showers are clean and security for locking things away is the best I've seen in Asia. I also booked my travel and hostel for Sapa through them too - cheap and we'll organised.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for all your comments and taking the time to leave us a review and be so kind. I will make sure I pass your comments on to all the team. Enjoy the rest of your trip and keep having fun! Cheers VBH Manager

100%

Great hostel. Great beds, showers, common area, staff. Expensive trips.

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Cheers for your quick review and giving us a top score!!! Always makes us happy! All the best, VBH Crew Manager

86%

Excellent if you're a solo traveler and want to party and meet people. The staff is amazing, and they can help you with anything. Very friendly atmosphere overall. Also, the pub crawls and games were loads of fun! Other than the amazing staff and the tours they have, the hostel itself is nothing special. beds aren't super comfortable and the pillow was rock hard. Very noisy at night, and people coming in and out all the time, which made if hard to sleep. Basically a friendly party hostel.

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Hey thanks for your review and comments in general about the hostel. I will ask about for more feedback about the pillows and see what others think, if they agree with you I will be sure to get some softer ones :-) All the best for your onward travels. VBH Manager

97%

Great staff, friendly and helpful. Very social and lively atmosphere with lots of opportunity to party if you're into it. Can be noisy, but things quiet down around 11 pm. Very nice location that is close to restaurants, street food, and hostel has free walking tour each day. Would stay again

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Cheers for leaving us such a great review and we hope you visit again soon :-) Cheers VBH Crew Manager

100%

Great staff and overall experience. I really like the Vietnam backpacker chain, it's a great way to meet other travelers.


97%

Looks like an awesome hostel, but I left very quickly as I just wasn't in the mood for a party hostel at that time.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey shame this location was not for you. If you are in town again please check out our Original Hostel a few minutes away which has all the same qualities but has a much more chilled out vibe. All the best for the rest of your travels and enjoy! Cheers VBH Manager

86%

it's a Party hostel with lots of drink promos. I think it's better if you're in a a group as its always loud so can be difficult to make new friends as a solo traveler. the castaways tour to halong bay is fantastic. and he staff are quite helpful. there's also a chill area with a decent pool table

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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a good review. Awesome you got to experience Castaways Island in Ha Long Bay and had a great time. Safe onward travels. VBH Manager

100%

We LOVED this hostel. Would 100% recommend it to anyone visiting Hanoi. We arrived on a Friday night, it was buzzing. Justin was great doing the Pub Quiz and drinking games to follow. We aren't normally a big fan of drinking games but Justin made it hilarious. Lien did an amazing walking tour of the city, and was so so sweet. The hostel's 5th birthday party was awesome with free beer all day! The staff are what makes this hostel stand out from the rest. They know how to throw a good party! :D

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Thanks for your great review of our Downtown hostel and we love that you LOVED IT!! I will pass on your great comments to Justin, Lien and all the crew. Cheers and safe travels. VBH Manager

100%

Awesome place to stay in Hanoi! The atmosphere is amazing, facilities great, and you will meet tons of people! Highly recommend

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Thanks for your review and we agree its the people that you meet along the way that really matter! All the best for your future travels! Cheers VBH Manager

100%

Amazing backpackers hostel, especially if you like a few drinks in the evening. Has all the facilities you could want and a good Western food menu. Extremely social with events on every night. They can also plan your whole Vietnam trip for you with tours offered to all corners.

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Cheers for your great review. Thanks for taking the time and we hope to see you again someday. Safe travels VBH Manager

94%

This hostel is a lot of fun. It is very social and generally has a party going on each night. I stayed in a private room because I knew there would be some loud people in the dorms and I'm glad I did. The location is great and the food and drink specials each night are worth it. I would definitely recommend staying here.

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Thanks for your review and pleased you enjoyed our awesome private rooms during your stay! We change up are deals every week to keep things fresh so will pass on your great comments to the team. Cheers, VBH Manager

100%

Great hostel! The staff is very helpful when it comes to helping you plan your trip around Vietnam. The food and the drinks are great, and they offer tons of activites so its the perfect way to meet more people if you are traveling on your own.

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Cheers for your review and kind words about our Crew! We all put lots in to knowing as much as we can about Vietnam and Asia so we can help build our fellow backpackers the best itineraries around! Enjoy the rest of your travels and have FUN!! VBH Manager

100%

One of my favorite hostels I have ever stayed at. Great atmosphere with a ton of travelers and great common areas. They have a bar and serve food (which is great). The dorms and bathrooms were extremely clean. While this is known as the party hostel in Vietnam, I was able to go to sleep at a reasonable time and it did not seem overly out of control or crazy. You can't beat the location as well.


97%

The hostel is great! Has a lot of character, bathrooms are very clean, staff was super friendly. The Halong Bay tour is a bit over priced, but I would definitely stay at the Downtown Hostel again.


100%

Great hostel. Atmosphere is amazing, but it definitely caters more to the party crowd. Staff is extremely helpful answering questions and booking trips for you. Would recommend this hostel to anyone.


100%

Best hostel I have been to in south east Asia. hands down you should stay here, as a solo traveller so easy to meet people. only caution is go do your own tours as booking with hem is too e pensive and from what I have heard not worth it.

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Thanks for your awesome review and really pleased you had a great time in our hostel! To hear its 'the best hostel in Asia' really pleases all of us here at VBH. Sorry to hear your comments about our tours but we do aim to offer quality tours that offer value and are unique to what the other 500 average Joe's out on the street provide. That said we are always looking to be competitive also as we know we all want to save extra $$$ for beers so will pass on your comments to the team. Cheers:-)

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